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Make No Mistake on continent’s unmatched opportunities despite Ebola scare- African Leaders tell Investors

Make No Mistake on continent’s unmatched opportunities despite Ebola scare- African Leaders tell Investors

-By Ajong Mbapndah L As the Ebola virus puts a dent on its image,African leaders are reminding investors of the continent’s  unmatched  economic and investment opportunities. Tanzanian Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda; Presidents Yoweri Museveni of Uganda; John Mahama of Ghana, and Paul Kagame of Rwanda used a panel discussion at the Global African Investment Summit in London to taut the merits of investing in the billion man market that Africa offers. “From whichever angle you look at it, … Read entire article »

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Simone Gbagbo Trial: First of many

Simone Gbagbo Trial: First of many

The start of the trial of 83 people, including Simone Gbagbo who stands accused of attempting to undermine the security of the State, is an important milestone in the judicial process related to the Ivory Coast’s post-electoral crisis of 2010-2011. However, our organisations consider this to be only the beginning of the process, as the most serious crimes are still … Read entire article »

Americans Are Really Confused About Which African Countries Have Ebola

Americans Are Really Confused About Which African Countries Have Ebola

By Amanda Terkel* WASHINGTON — Africa is really big. It’s bigger than not only the United States but all of North America. Yet judging by the reactions of some Americans, it would seem that Africa were nothing but a small country, and any travel there means you likely will get Ebola. In reality, only five countries in Africa have had Ebola cases in the … Read entire article »

Africa Union chief to visit Ebola-hit nations

Africa Union chief to visit Ebola-hit nations

African Union chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will travel to three west African nations worst hit by the Ebola crisis, one of the most senior officials to do so since the outbreak, her spokesman said Wednesday. AU Commission chair Dlamini-Zuma will visit Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia “to assess the situation first hand”, her spokesman said in a statement. She arrived in the Ghanian … Read entire article »

Rwanda’s story now growth, not genocide: president

Rwanda’s story now growth, not genocide: president

Rwandan President Paul Kagame said Tuesday the central African nation was no longer “just a country of genocide” and now had a positive story to tell about reconciliation and economic growth. He warned though of the dangers of dependence on foreign aid and of the failings of international institutions, saying developing countries had to form closer regional links to increase stability. Speaking … Read entire article »

Nigeria truce is shaky, no news of abducted girls

Nigeria truce is shaky, no news of abducted girls

By HARUNA UMAR and CHIKA ODUAH* Days after Nigeria’s military raised hopes with the announcement that Islamic extremists had agreed to a cease-fire, Boko Haram still is fighting and there is no word on the fate of 219 schoolgirls held hostage for six months. Officials had said talks would resume in neighboring Chad this week, but there was no confirmation that those … Read entire article »

Guinea President Calls on Retired Doctors to Help Fight Ebola

Guinea President Calls on Retired Doctors to Help Fight Ebola

By Karim Camara* CONAKRY— After nearly getting Ebola under control in August, Guinea’s outbreak is worsening – as new cases in previously virus-free areas are being reported daily. Guinean President Alpha Conde has called on the nation’s retired doctors to serve in the fight against Ebola. Conde said the collective experience is needed to educate health workers – who are at risk or spreading … Read entire article »

Burkina Faso opposition rejects referendum plan, calls for protests

Burkina Faso opposition rejects referendum plan, calls for protests

Opposition parties in Burkina Faso accused President Blaise Compaore on Wednesday of preparing a “constitutional coup d’etat” and called for nationwide protests against moves to remove a two-term limit for the presidency. In power for over 27 years, Compaore has positioned himself as a senior regional mediator and his country is an important base for Western counter-terrorism operations in West Africa. … Read entire article »

Devex partnerships forum bridges the global-local gap in Addis Ababa

Devex partnerships forum bridges the global-local gap in Addis Ababa

By Michael Igoe* Global development is going local — what will that look like a decade from now? The message from Ethiopia this week is that the answer will hinge on a new vision of partnership, guided by clear strategy and increasingly allied with a poverty-conscious private sector. “The ground beneath our feet is shifting,” Devex President and Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar told attendees … Read entire article »

Dozens released Ebola-free from Sierra Leone site

Dozens released Ebola-free from Sierra Leone site

By KABBA KARGBO and CLARENCE ROY-MACAULAY* FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Dozens of Ebola survivors have been discharged from a treatment center near Sierra Leone’s capital and told they were virus-free, as police and residents clashed in other areas of the West African country. Assistant inspector police general Karrow Kamara said Wednesday a curfew had been imposed in the eastern diamond-rich Kono … Read entire article »